Skip to main content

Plagiarism: What it is and how to avoid it

What is Plagiarism?

This guide, and the Citation Style Guide, will help to familiarize you with details on what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and how to demonstrate academic integrity.

  Oxford English Dictionary:
 Plagiarism, noun, The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.

Types of Plagiarism

The following, quoted from this page, are examples of plagiarism, even if it's not intentional:

  • "turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not" 
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC